Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Breaking The Reins by Juliana Haygert


Title: Breaking the Reins 
Author: Juliana Haygert
Publication Date: August 14th 2013
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.

After a fire takes her grandma’s life and kills her horse, Hannah’s immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can’t turn away even though she’s not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.

Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.

But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.


3.5 Stars!

I was provided with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Breaking the Reins is a story about how love can free you from all things. Hannah Taylor lives a privileged life. She is a college student dating a famous polo player named Eric. Suddenly her grandmother and favorite horse die on the family farm. Hannah’s spirit is shattered. She decides to take over her grandma’s farm, which does not sit well with her family or Eric. Little does she know that the death of her grandmother and horse would be the catalyst to breaking free from everything in her life. Things get complicated when Leonardo Fernandes, a new polo player enters Hannah’s life. Things will be the same.
It took me awhile to get into the story, but it made sense because the author ended up doing a great job at setting everything up. This allowed the story to flow easily. I enjoyed her style of writing. There is a lot of build up in this story. It is not an easy road to love for Hannah and Leo. I definitely felt their connection throughout the book and was rooting for them the entire time. Their love story reminds me how patient we have to be when it comes to love. It comes at the right time.
There is a lot of mystery and suspense in this book. Just when you think you know a character we discover a secret. Looks can be deceiving and this story demonstrates that. The life of privilege isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Money does not buy freedom. Hannah had to learn that the hard way. It took a series of events to occur for her to realize how “chained” she was in life. I found Hannah a relatable character in that in the end, she always stood up for what she felt was right in her heart.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. It is not your typical rich girl meets boy story. There is great character development, a complicated plot, and a great ending.

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             About the Author
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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